My new shoes stretched in a wierd way...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by whochrisliu, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Naka

    Naka Senior member

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    He's a blatant troll, spouting rubbish all over the board for a few days now. The mods will have him soon...
     


  2. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

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    If you paid by credit card, which is the only way you should ever buy anything, you have protection against defective products. If you don't get a credit then just notify your bank and they'll take the charge off.
     


  3. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

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    You're the ridiculous one. I've been buying high quality shoes since I was 17, that's over 40 years ago and certainly know a lot more than kids, amateurs who buy shoes by mail, used shoe buyers etc. The one thing that stands out in my mind when I read these posts is that mostof you don't even know how to measure a foot or how to fit a shoe which is why 90% of you are always making some complaint about how badly your shoes fit. Listen to the voice of experience not some 'tween or 20 something.
     


  4. Master-Classter

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    what's the air like? you know, like up on that pedestal, is it quite thin?


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    alright, in all fairness though, I've never understood people ordering shoes online and hoping they'll fit. makes no sense to me unless you've already tried them on in B&M and are getting a good deal online.
     


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    It's so simple, I'm learning that SF complicates everything
     


  6. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    Eh oh well, now I know. Im not going to sell the shoe, I will still wear it around, they are comfortable now at least. Heel does not slip anymore and my pants will cover most of that part anyways. My cobbler said that aside from fit the steel shank spring is probably too hard or something. He also looked at my feet photos he said that perhaps I should look into bespoke, said that with my feet I probably wont be finding anything that will fit me that great off the rack. Problem is flying somewhere just to get my shoe fit. The ticket costs so damn much you would have to go order about 10 pairs to even make the trip worthwhile. People always say "Well thats the dangers of buying something online!" if thats the case I might as well start rocking cowboy boots because we dont have a lot of bespoke shoemakers or retailers here in Houston, TX. If you want anything nicer online is the only option. So anyways, I think its back to loafers for now. I do appreciate all the sage wisdom though.
     


  7. jammyo40

    jammyo40 Well-Known Member

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    Have you looked at Alden? They have a very wide variety of lasts to fit many different foot types.
     


  8. Snedley

    Snedley Senior member

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    I would think that anyone who is buying expensive shoes regardless of where he lives would also be the sort who would travel to places where he'd be able to buy them in person. It's sort of ridiculous for some $50k a yr clerk to be spending $500 a pair on shoes and buying them by mail.
     


  9. LeJouvre

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    When I saw "Ascot Shoes" everything suddenly started to make a whole lot more sense.

    Everyone I know who has bought shoes from Karl has had some or another problem.

    The issue is that most of the shoes sold by Karl are rejects. Now I am not sure how Vass marks his rejects, but if you find Ascot shoes on auction which are not rejects, well then you will have found a rare thing.

    Perhaps it is not the last or shoe size after all, perhaps there is some other reason more closely associated with rejects.

    I wonder how Karl would react if you took the matter up with him?
     
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  10. LEVOOSH

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    I beleive that Tony Gaziano has done trunks shows with Chris Despos who is based in Dallas. Not too far away and you can get fitted by the man himself.
     


  11. whochrisliu

    whochrisliu Well-Known Member

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    LeJouvre,

    I cant really comment on that as I dont buy a lot of these types of shoes but through email he has been pretty nice I suppose. He initially said that the shoe needed break in time, then he said that the shoe did not fit. When I asked him what would fit, he suggested that for my demands bespoke shoes are the only option at about 1500-2000 euros. I will take meaning as "You get what you pay for" as in if you truly want the best fit not even the finest RTW will do. Well had I known that I would have just saved my money. I mean if RTW and MTO shoes really where that bad fitting who would buy them? Personally and I am not trying to offend anyone, I feel that Ascot shoes through emails with me gets the feeling that I am dissatisfied. Which is a correct assumption. But since I already wore the shoes they are just distancing themselves from me so they can keep the sale. Karl IMO is not a bad guy but, has not gone out of his way to help me fix the matter. Suggesting that buying more shoes and through trial and error I will figure out what fit is for me is a very beneficial strategy to the retailer and not so much to me. Honestly it does not matter to the retailer how many shoes I chuck out the window because they dont fit, a sale is still a sale. I dont really take anything personal, its just a job. However I think that with retail this high end, more service is required and overall my experience ended in a sour note.

    However thanks the the information LEVOOSH gave me, I think my best shot at a "shoe redemption" is to get fitted for a pair of G&G's, although I have to admit im not familiar with the brand. I originally wanted a pair of Lobb's but unless I can get fitted closer to home then thats a no go.
     


  12. Knowledge is King

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    Looking at the pictures of your bare feet, I'd say you're a good candidate for a fuller last, possibly even a "banana last" like the Alden Modified Last. If you want to stick with Vass, maybe the more traditional lasts like 3636, Budapester, Banana or P2 would work better for you.
     


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    Sorry, why is that ridiculous?

    Are only the high & mighty allowed to wear nice shoes?
     


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    No, but you are probably living outside of your means.
     


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    A bit far-fetched, maybe even a dbaggish generalization to be making. I'd say it's smart for someone who isn't on the high end of the pay scale to be at least attempting to make a wise long term investment rather than blowing away cash on throwaway-every-6-months pieces of pleathercrap junk. It's not like he's building a Prada collection or something.
     


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